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Sinus Precautions

What is a sinus and why be careful of it?
The maxillary sinus is normally filled with air and sits behind your cheekbone. The inside is covered with very delicate tissue and drains fluids into your nose. When you have a cold or allergies or surgery fills it up with fluid. The mucosa is so thin that just by blowing your nose, you could rupture a hole through it.

  • DO NOT blow your nose for at least 6 weeks
  • Sneeze with your MOUTH OPEN. If the urge to sneeze arises, do not sneeze through your nose and
    avoid pinching nostrils
  • DO NOT forcibly spit for 6 weeks
  • DO NOT smoke, vape or use smokeless tobacco; smoking greatly inhibits the healing process
    especially in the sinuses
  • DO NOT use a straw for six weeks
  • Avoid bending over – try to keep your head above the level of your heart.
  • Sleep with your head slightly elevated
  • DO NOT strain by pushing or lifting heavy objects

 

AVOID the following activities:

  • Flying
  • Swimming
  • Scuba Diving
  • Playing a wind instrument
  • Blowing up balloons, or other objects that cause pressure changes in the mouth
  • Slight bleeding from the nose is not uncommon and may occur for several days after surgery

Questions/Problems:
It is our desire that your recovery be as smooth and pleasant as possible. Following these instructions will assist you in that process. If you have any questions or concerns about your care or progress please call the office at (850)565-3911.